You might not have heard, but over the weekend at BlizzCon 2018, Blizzard revealed that its classic dungeon-crawling franchise Diablo is set to hit mobile sometime in the not-too-distant future. That's a pretty big reveal, and as you might be able to imagine a lot of people have a lot of opinions about the game coming to iPhone.
There's a lot of information flying about, as you'd expect, so we thought it was important to make sure you had all the facts in one handy place. Thus, we have created this list of the top 6 most important things you need to know about Diablo Immortal.
If you've got more questions about the game, feel free to ask them in the comments at the bottom of the section. Oh, and click here to read our list of the best games like Diablo for iPhone you can play right now.
Will Diablo Immortal be free to play?
Yes. We're not sure which free to play model the game is going to use, but it's definitely going to be a free download with IAP. There are no more details than that at the moment, but there is pre-registration available on Android, and anyone doing that may get access to the game's beta, which will give us a better idea of just what the IAP are going to be for, and how they're going to work within the mechanics of the game.
It's not something we're particularly worried about though - Hearthstone is free to play, Heroes of the Storm is free to play, and both of those games handle it really well. That said, this one is being developed in conjunction with Chinese mobile-gaming giants Netease, so it'll be interesting to see how those two cultures come together.
How do you play Diablo Immortal?
You can play it on an iPad, iPhone, or an Android device. It's been designed from the ground-up for touchscreen devices, so this isn't going to be a case of a well-established IP being squished down to fit onto mobile. Think of this one in the same bracket as The Elder Scrolls: Blades - it's a massive name coming to mobile, and the developer is taking the whole thing pretty seriously.
The game is controlled with taps, swipes, and gestures, which is essentially how it was controlled on a PC, albeit with a mouse replacing your fingers. Don't expect everything to make the transition over, but that's a good thing. We want Diablo FOR mobile, not Diablo ON mobile.
Is Diablo Immortal multiplayer?
Yes it is. Blizzard is pitching it as an MMO of sorts. There are hub areas where you're going to be interacting with other players in the same world as you. There's a central hub called Westmarch, which is where you'll hang out with other people, buy, sell, craft, and more. But you'll also see players in far more violent places.
Creating a party is set to be simple thanks to some mobile revisions to the BattleNet UI as well, so you should never be too far away from some help if things start getting too tough. There are big public areas, as well as instances where you can only take the friends you head in with.
When in the Diablo canon is Diablo Immortal set?
According to Blizzard it's set in-between Diablo 2 and Diablo 3. A new threat has arisen in the form of Skarn, Herald of Terror. The demon is Diablo's closest lieutenant, and he's built an army to try and invade the world. I guess that's just the sort of thing that demons get up to in the downtime between games?
You're not going to need to be an expert in Diablo lore to know what's going on though. Bad things have happened, and it's up to you and a bunch of other adventurers to whomp the flesh off of any demon that gets in your way.
How many classes are there in Diablo Immortal?
There are six different classes - Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Wizard, Necromancer, and Crusader. Each of them is customizable, as you'd expect from a Diablo game, and has its own set of skills and weapons that are going to make the game play differently depending on which of them you pick.
Blizzard has also announced that there are going to more classes, powers, and abilities in future updates. So it's good to see that Blizzard is thinking about the future of Diablo Immortal already.
When is Diablo Immortal coming out?
That's the big one. Right now we know that the game is coming soon, but that could mean any time really. We expect that the game is going to come out this side of the new year. With The Elder Scrolls: Blades set to land at the start of December, and a new mobile-only Mario Kart on the way, it's looking like the end of the 2018 could be a brilliant time for mobile gamers.
We'll keep you updated when we know more about the release date, and the second we get any more information, you're going to be the first to find out. We promise.